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After six years, Yale University is officially revoking its party registration policy of off-campus events.

The decision was announced by Dean of Student Affairs Camille Lizarríbar on Sept. 12, and requirements for off-campus event registration were suspended as of September 2018.

Previously, Yale students had been expected to register off-campus parties of over 50 students. There would also need to be a “host” who would sign off and accept legal responsibility for all present, including intoxicated guests under the age of 21. The Yale Police Department then received information about these off-campus parties and would subsequently patrol the area.

“It just wasn’t working,” Lizarríbar said at the time of the announcement. “Students don’t plan their parties far enough in advance to register them.” 

The original intention of the registration requirement when it was first implemented in August 2012 was simple: to keep students safe by making off-campus parties follow the same guidelines as on-campus parties, the Yale Daily News reported. Then-Dean of Yale Mary Miller reportedly created the requirement in an attempt to eliminate underage drinking altogether. 

Yale College Council President and sophomore Saloni Rao told the Yale Daily News that she was not sure whether taking away the policy would help or hurt students. She added that she is viewing the decision in a positive light and is glad administrators are “taking the time to think more constructively about how to improve social spaces."

In April 2017, Penn instituted the Task Force as a response to an incident in fall 2017 concerning a sexually suggestive email to freshman women by the off-campus organization OZ. In March 2018, Penn formally implemented the Task Force's new guidelines, which include regulations for how many drinks of-age guests can consume, the types of hard liquor at a party, and when hard liquor can be provided. 

Penn currently requires all registration forms be submitted seven days prior to events with alcohol and three days prior for dry events.

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